This Eating Disorder Awareness Week (1-7th March), BEAT are focusing on the devastating impact of  Binge Eating Disorder on people’s lives.

It is an illness that many people aren’t familiar with, despite being the most common, and like other eating disorders it’s surrounded by stigma, shame and misunderstanding.

More people live with Binge Eating disorder than anorexia or bulimia. It’s more common than most people think and can affect anyone of any age, gender, ethnicity or background. You might not think you know any one affected by binge eating disorder, but you probably do. Binge eating disorder will affect one in fifty people in their lifetime.

Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity, provides services to encourage and empower people to get help quickly, equips family and friends with essential skills and advice and campaigns to increase knowledge of eating disorders and for better funding for treatment.